Towards an Anthropomorphic Design of Minimally Invasive Instrumentation for Soft Tissue Robotic Surgery
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- Tzemanaki A., Dogramadzi S., Pipe T., Melhuish C. (2012) Towards an Anthropomorphic Design of Minimally Invasive Instrumentation for Soft Tissue Robotic Surgery. In: Herrmann G. et al. (eds) Advances in Autonomous Robotics. TAROS 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7429. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, have significantly decreased blood loss, postoperative morbidity and length of hospital stay. Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has offered refined accuracy and more ergonomic instruments for surgeons, further minimizing trauma to the patient . On the other hand, training surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures is becoming increasingly long and arduous . In this paper, we outline the rationale of a novel design of instruments for robotic surgery with increased dexterity that will provide more natural manipulation of soft tissues. The proposed system will not only reduce the training time for surgeons but also improve the ergonomics of the procedure.